The 32-year-old Malinga could not recover from a knee injury that he sustained during West Indies' tour of Sri Lanka in October and November and was ruled out of the series.
     
The two T20 Internationals will be played on January 7 in Mount Maunganui and January 10 at Auckland. Chandimal had led Sri Lanka in the T20 format till Malinga took charge in 2014.
     
Sri Lanka came up with a disappointing performance in the ongoing series where they lost the Tests 0-2 and are currently down 0-2 in the five-match ODI series. Former captain Arjuna Ranatunga blamed the administrators for the defeats.


    

"We only developed individuals as super players, never thought about building a decent team. Selectors did a lot of mistakes with selections," said Ranatunga, the current Minister of Ports and Shipping.

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